A Brief History of the Mission Partnership

Leading for a change

When the brand new city of Milton Keynes was designated on 23rd January 1967, an Inter-Church committee was convened to accept the principle that the Churches should act together in all matters except where deep differences of conviction compelled them to act separately.

Ecumenical proposals were submitted in March 1970 and incorporated into the Development Corporation’s “Master Plan”. It was a first for a New Town Plan to include a section from the churches acting together and MK has broken new ground from then on. The realisation of the aspiration was long and difficult to achieve and many people worked and prayed hard for its accomplishment.

In the late seventies it became clear that an Ecumenical Planning Officer funded by the denominations was needed to give a coherent lead from the churches speaking with a single voice. In 1981 Rev Gethin Abraham–Williams was appointed as the Ecumenical Officer and by 1982 a new Christian Council came into being, with a Presidency, an Executive and the Ecumenical Assembly which met three times a year.

The Presidency was formed by the five leaders of the participating denominations and the Assembly elected a Lay Chair to ensure lay participation.

Leading for a change

There was much building of new churches within new local ecumenical partnerships and these were designed to be shared by the participating denominations. The older traditional churches were incorporated as well. New teams represented most of the denominations within each partnership.

The next Ecumenical Officer, Rev Hugh Cross, took the title of Ecumenical Moderator in 1990 and he was in post when the building of the Church of Christ the Cornerstone was completed.

In 1996 Hugh was succeeded by Rev Murdoch McKenzie and in 2003 Rev Dr Mary Cotes became the last Ecumenical Moderator. During Mary’s time in MK, a Review into the working of the Mission Partnership was carried out and the findings revealed some ambiguities and legal misunderstandings of the role.

Fresh clarity of purpose enabled the Mission Partnership to analyse carefully what it could do and led to the appointment of a Director of Ecumenical Mission in 2012 to focus on all aspects of Mission in the city. There is a new vision which includes working with other Christian groups and churches in the city, as well as the traditional denominations which had hitherto supported the Mission Partnership.

So we are embarking on a new chapter with clear challenges.

Leading for a change

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

 

 

Leading for a change

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

News

Candle of Justice: a moment of action on 25 May

Join Churches Together in England on 25 May 2021 for Candle of Justice: a moment of action – commemorating the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. The Candle of Justice will be a moment to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking personal and institutional action to tackle racial injustice in our society and our churches.

read more

National church service will make the anniversary of George Floyd’s killing

An array of senior church leaders from Britain and Ireland will call for justice at a national church service marking the first anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2021. Entitled Doing Justice: A National Service of Reflection on the Anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, the service will host senior church leaders and local Christians at the New Testament Church of God in Brixton, south London.

read more

Job Vacancies: MK Food Bank

MK Food Bank are looking for two community heroes to join their team. Are you self motivated, practical, a good communicator with a passion for ending food poverty? If so the roles they are advertising could be for you!

read more

Constance Coltman Book Launch

Constance Coltman was the first woman ordained in a UK denomination over 100 years ago. Constance, and her husband Claud, ministered in Wolverton from 1932 to 1940. Join contributors of ‘Constance – Pioneer, Pastor, Preacher’ for the book’s official launch on Tuesday 18th May.

read more

ROC Tele-mentoring project MK

Many of you will be aware of the ROC (Redeeming our Communities) initiative in the city. As one of a number of projects that it is bringing to life, the ROC Tele-Mentors Community Mentoring programme is aimed at supporting people going through tough times in our community.

read more

Thy Kingdom Come 2021

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start on 13 May and run for 10 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost to 23 May.

read more